MBTA planners tomorrow will discuss potential new designs for the Green Line along between Brigham Circle and Heath Street and along Commonwealth Avenue with the goal to make the two branches more easily accessible to people with mobility issues.
Planners will discuss B and E Line ideas for the long term - more than five years out - at a joint meeting of the T's Fiscal and Management Control Board and the MassDOT board that starts at noon.
Planners are considering a complete re-do of Huntington and South Huntington avenues that would move the E Line trolley tracks from their current position at the center of the streets to the sides of the avenues, creating new transit/bus lanes. The rendering above also seems to indicate that parking along one side of the avenues would be removed entirely.
Along the B Line, planners are looking at eliminating the current narrow platforms on either side of stations between Blandford Street and BC and replacing them with wider single platforms that would serve trains moving in both directions, as seen in this potential rendering of a re-done Harvard Avenue station - which also shows the elimination of one of the two motor-vehicle lanes on each side of the tracks:
In addition to the station and track changes, the MBTA is also looking at improvements in its next-gen Green Line cars, known as Type 10 Supercars, which will be 50% longer than current cars and able to carry twice as many passengers have more low floor to make them accessible to people in wheelchairs.
The T expects to get bids from vendors by July 14 for the new 102 cars - down from the 165 originally planned. The T expects to sign a contract that will see the first of the new cars delivered here by 2026 for testing, with actual passenger service starting in 2027.
H/t Edward Orde.